Gargel Does It Again

Oh yes. I wanted to visit the blog of a certain Canadienne. There is the usual warning, and one has a choice to continue or not, to see those “sensible” contents / parts, whatever. Of course I “continue”.
Now, and that is new, I have to verify my age. I encountered this yesterday for the first time.
And how do you verify your age in the gargle web ? By using your gargle account. And if you have no gargle account, your journey ends here.
I simply do not believe that gargle allows only persons of full age to open an account. And I can not see why someone has to verify their age just to reach The Infomaniac. Because there is now & then a picture of a naked male ?
May all these prudish dicks at google suffer from the warty wand !

Sunday Music

In one of the last nights, forgot which one, I dreamed that the Pope would get married. I was there and helped him into his red shoes, and I asked His Holiness why he would take such a surprising, revolutionary step. He replied “Es befreit mich”, “it liberates me”. I do not remember whether he elaborated on this or nor, it is just this short answer I remember. There were other strange dreams, but I forgot them all. I blame the full moon.
Workwise I found it demanding, luckily all went well, no drama, but on Friday I lied down, and woke up only more than eleven hours later.
“Woke” is a strange word nowadays, an autonym or self-description of people who seem to have “understood” something, or “woke up” – at least that is their claim from what I understand. When I look at the bare nonsense that flies around under this label, I can only conclude that “they” – who ?! – understood not very much. It is mostly “cleansing” of speech / language ; it is the try to re-write history by throwing down monuments ; and finally – but I am not sure if this is connected with “wokeness” – it is that absolutely bonkers idea that grown males should be allowed into women’s rooms, simply because said blokes “identify” as women. He can “identify” as much as “woman” as he wants, but he can pee into a god damn porcellain bowl like any other schmock, next door baby. All this “gender” idiocy has gone too far, but it will vanish like water goes down the drain.
And so prepare for three minutes of guitar noise, in memory of Mr BECK (1944-2023) (Ger., Eng.), a title called Plynth (Water Down the Drain) from the 1969 longplayer Beck-Ola (Ger., Eng.) – it accidentally shows that Mr STEWART was once young too. Besides, I think after BECKs death, the last man standing of the post-war guitar heroes is Robin TROWER (born 1945) (Ger., Eng.). (I do not count Keif in (born 1943, Ger., Eng.), since he’s always playing with that little honky-tonk-band, so no improvement there.)
I hope you like the music, play it loud. May we face a bearable week.

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Sunday Music

For music only, scroll down.
The most important report last week was without doubt about the police action against a group called “Reichsbürger”. At least more than fifty members are in custody (“Untersuchungshaft”) right now, legal and illegal guns are confiscated, lists with enemies’ names and plans for a coup are investigated. What we face her is home grown terrorism.
It is not very likely that this group would have conducted a successful coup d’etat, but if they had sprung into action, they would have done at least a lot of harm. Whatever they planned, it was alarming enough for the law enforcement authorities to step in. What I find astounding is the composition of the group, at least as from what I know from the press : There is (more or less) old nobility combined with known military experience, and connections into the neo-nazi party that sits in our parliament.
I never really cared about the “Reichsbürger”, always looked at them as the fringe’s fringe. And I have to confess that I still do not understand what these people want. I tried to find out yesterday, but it is all very nonsensical. I mean, I understand what the Brigade Rosse and the Rote Armee Fraktion did, the idea behind was to provoke the state until the citizens themselves become so upset that a revolutionary situation occurs, out of what the state finally can be overthrown, and paradys falls from the sky. I can not finally understand, but at least partly reconstruct, why a religiously motivated terrorist does what he does, bombing his vision of paradys into existence by ending the existence of humans, what a terrible bullshit. But I can not understand what these “Reichsbürger” want.
“Deutsches Reich” was the name of the unified national state founded in 1871, by nobility and BISMARCK. This “Reich” existed until 1918 (or 1919), when the BISMARCKsche constitution ended : Wilhelm II resigned, end of imperial rule. The constitution of Weimar was established, the state kept its name, the “Deutsche Reich” had become a (unloved) democracy / republic. Nominally the Weimar constitution was intact even through the twelve years of Nazi rule. Adolf was elected (one should always remember this), of course the state was “re-constructed”, there was no democracy left after a few months, the “Deutsche Reich” wore a brown uniform.
After WWII two German states were founded, I can not say what the Eastern brethren had to say about continuity etc. The Western State’s new constitution (“Grundgesetz”) kept to the ideal of a re-unified Germany. Nobody wanted to use the name “Deutsches Reich” ever again, this is always connected with the Nazi atrocities. The Western part-state was called “Bundes-Republik Deutschland”. The discussion whether this state would be the legal successor of the “Deutsche Reich” dragged on for at least forty years as a problem of constitutional law, in the West. In 1993 the Eastern state voluntarily ended its existence, formed some “neue Bundesländer” / new states, and in this form joined the federation of the former West-Deutschland. The new federal state was not called “Großdeutschland”.
That’s it in a nutshell. As I understand “Reichsbürger” say that the federal state of Germany is illegal. Some even say that it would be nothing but a “company”, kind of “limited” – I could not verify the source from where this claim comes. Some claim Germany would still be “occupied” – we have full sovereignty, there is nothing “occupied”.
I simply do not understand what they want. This Thuringian “nobleman” wants to be king again – is it this ? Some idiots want to go back to an estatist state of pseudo-democracy from 1871 ?
In the end it may not be (very) important what they idealise, the importance is in what they refuse : They reject the reality of the German state, and it’s society ; they are willing & prepared to fight against this state, and it’s open society, in order to replace it with something else (preferably authoritarian), as foggy as this replacement may be.

Now Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is ? in the version of Mr Grant GREEN (1935-1979) (Ger., Eng.) from 1971 – not a real burner, but “cheerful & basic”, I think, good for a grey Sunday afternoon. Hope you enjoy the music. May we face a stress free week.

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Sunday Music

Yesterday, shortly before 14:00, it started to rain. When I went out an hour later, stretches of tar were already dry again, I could feel the humidity saturating my clothes. Thankfully in the evening the temperature had finally dropped, and wind blew all moisture away. It’s sunny and dry under fluffy clouds today, the temperature lingers around 28°C, and that’s how it will be over the coming days.
Last week the Finnish PM danced on a party with friends. Of course, inevitable today, a video was published. Next day the 36 year old PM’s suitability for office was questioned, and she was asked to take a drug test (!). Obviously a dancing lady must be sloshed or otherwise out of her mind, cool thinking.
In Poland it is nearly impossible for a woman to get an abortion. Thanks to the ultra national, “conservative”, regime of the PiS party. But they feel there is still too much space left for unruly baby machines, so every pregnancy shall be registered. It is actually an (controversially discussed) EU regulation connected to the digital administration of patients’ data – but nobody seriously doubts in Poland that this Polish gouvernement will be using these data to surveil & monitor pregnant women : A prosecutor has nothing else to do but to compare this pregnancy registration with birth certificates – abortion is a crime in Poland, et voila.
I do not know for how long Polish women will go to jail for ending a pregnancy, but a woman who had liked the wrong tweets, has to go to jail in Saudi Arabia – for more than thirty (30 !) years. (She originally was sentenced to six years, but- hey ! – let’s get it right, right !?)
We live in astounding times. A kind of new darkness seems to fall on mankind – or maybe the dark veil never had really lifted, and all those wounderful thoughts about humanism, enlightenment, freedom-liberty & self determination never made it outside Königsberg’s university seminar, where KANT imagined what could be … ach
And while KANT dreamed, the peasants danced.
Let’s hear a little bit of Sunday Music now. The Sofia Soloists Chamber Orchestra under conductor Plamen DJUOROV plays Three Old French Dances (Rondeau, La Provencale, Le Basque) by Marin MARAIS (1656-1728) (Ger., Eng.), soloist is Ognyan KONSTANTINOV (ytchannel).
I hope you like the music, may the coming week be bearable.

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